Those who know that I am pushing 80, have gone through prostate cancer treatment, two knee replacement surgeries and significant hearing loss in the past couple of years might think that I had gone to meet my maker.
Not so! In fact, I am still on the planet here in Brooklyn and am now walking on two new knees. Through the miracle of modern medicine, I have two straight legs, can walk normally and for the first time in over 25 years will be walking free of pain in a few months.
If these legs are made for walking (hark Nancy Sinatra), they are going to walk me back to California early next year. Well, not literally. I may take a train instead of flying and stop in Chicago and Milwaukee on the way. There are projects and people I would love to meet in these cities. I might also stop in Denver where I first fell in love with the West back in my IBM days.
Those here in New York may be interested in an event scheduled before I go. On Wednesday, November 7, there will be a three-hour sub-irrigated planter (SIP) workshop (from 6-9 pm) at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It is sponsored by the ever-popular GreenBridge program of BBG. We can thank Robin Simmen, Director and Nina Browne, Manager for their progressive vision in sponsoring this event.
The workshop is not just about houseplants. It will be about growing all rooted plants in SIPs. If they have roots, it does not matter whether they are decorative or edible. All terrestrial plants love sub-irrigation whether indoors or outdoors. Everyone will take home a soda bottle SIP and know how to use it.
Even better, I have decided to give away the plants in my lab to workshop attendees. This includes plants growing in conventional potting media as well as clay pebbles (hydroculture). Most people are unaware that both sub-irrigation and hydroculture are simple forms of hydroponics.
Research tells me that hydroponics (including aquaponics) will play a dominant role in the near future of urban agriculture. With that said, all workshop attendees will leave with a basic understanding of hydroponics through the use of SIPs.
Growing some plants in SIPs will help immeasurably to demystify this subject. Even better will be to demystify and debunk some of the urban myths that plague the hobby of growing plants in containers.
Surprise, surprise! This workshop including the SIP take-aways is free! Act quickly to reserve a space.
Stay tuned for more details about the workshop along with information about the future editorial content of Inside Urban Green.